LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Janelle Monáe arrives at the Premiere Of "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on November 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/NewsMagic)
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A Major Twist Was Hiding In Glass Onion's Title All Along
By ERIN BRADY
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story."
By now, you should know the "Knives Out" movies are not as straightforward as they first appear and contain many twists. "Glass Onion," the second installment in Rian Johnson's mystery series, ups the ante and delivers a twist that could be obvious if you were aware of a specific, well-known music conspiracy theory.
In 1968, The Beatles released their ninth studio album, including the song "Glass Onion." One specific reference made in the song that likely could have inspired Johnson to write that killer twist: "I told you about the walrus and me, man. You know we're as close as can be, man. Well here's another clue for you all. The walrus was Paul."
If you're not familiar with the "Paul is Dead" conspiracy, here's a brief refresher. During the early days of The Beatles' disbandment, a conspiracy theory stemming from a 1969 Detroit radio mix-up began circulating that guitarist and vocalist Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.
It's the big twist in "Knives Out: The Glass Onion" that Cassandra "Andi" Brand (Janelle Monáe) was supposed to be the victim of one of her former friends' rage, but her twin sister Helen was really the victim. Since the original "Glass Onion" directly condemns deep analysis, the decision to title the second "Knives Out" movie after the song seems quite deliberate.